Touted as the first pocket ereader ever developed the curious Readius ebook reader fits in the palm of your hand and sports an innovative pull-out screen that is bigger than the device itself. The screen uses 'rollable screen technology' to offer users all of the benefits of a digital reader in a pocket size form.
The Readius features worldwide connectivity, an email reader that supports POP3 and IMAP, an agenda viewer, an MP3/AAC/WMA audio player and an image viewer capable of handling jpeg, png, gif and bmp formats. The Readius supports the following file formats: HTML, PDF, ASCII and re-flowable PDF with future support of ePub.
Inside is 128 MB of RAM and an internal storage capacity of 256MB. An SD card slot is onboard for extendable storage of up to a big 8 MB. The user can get his/her favorite RSS feeds from the Readius.com portal for keeping up on events in the world.
By far the most intriguing aspect of this small ebook reader is the rollable screen. Polymer Vision, the company responsible for bringing us the Readius uses plastic electronics and E-ink front plane. The rollable display is the company's answer to consumers demanding larger displays in small size devices. The screen size is 5 inches wide (diagonally) when fully extended. The display itself is flexible, as thin as paper and is capable of withstanding numerous roll-outs or folds over a period of several years. Polymer Vision has dedicated 15 long years of research in the development of the unbreakable, flexible, rollable display screen.
The dimensions of the Readius are: 4.5" x 2.2" x .8" (L,W,T) Closed and 4.5" x 6.3" x .8" (L,W,T) Opened. It weighs just 4 ounces and the controls consist of 5 touch buttons with optical feedback, tactile buttons for options, back and power.
A bit more about this interesting screen. The Readius uses E Ink Corporation's Vizplex ink-imaging film that is dubbed EPD for electronic paper display. With a higher resolution than LCD, EPD offers readers a similar experience to reading newspapers. There is no eye strain, no glaring from the sun and it can be read at any angle paper can be read from.
Other impressive features of this good looking, pocket-sized ebook reader is a 3.5G data connection, global wireless connectivity, GSM, GPRS and EDGE tri-band. Bluetooth 2.o connectivity and battery life up to 30 hours.
Although the Readius ereader is set to be released in 2010, there is no news regarding a date, who will carry them or how much one will cost. So, what do you think? Is this something for you?